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Paul Ryan: Trump's tax reform speech was 'music to my ears'

House Speaker Paul Ryan on Thursday said President Trump's speech Wednesday on tax reform was exactly what he wanted to hear on the subject.

"The president's speech is music to my ears. I mean, it's exactly what we need to do," Ryan told radio host Laura Ingraham on Thursday morning. "We're passing the very bill the president is asking us to pass and keeping it clean to that, here in the House."

On Wednesday evening, Trump rallied support for his administration's tax proposal before a working-class audience at a truck company in Pennsylvania.

Ryan said House GOP leadership worked with the White House and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to create a proposal they all support, but said he won't use leverage against McConnell after the Senate failed to approve other House bills. Instead, Ryan will ram through tax reform through the annual reconciliation process.

"The reason we are so excited and bullish on tax reform is because we're going to use the tool, which is about once a year to get to use this thing called reconciliation, where they can't filibuster," Ryan said.

The push for tax reform comes as Puerto Rico is asking Congress for more money to recover from Hurricane Maria, which hit the U.S. territory more than three weeks ago.

Ryan told Ingraham it was not possible to add reforms or entitlements to the relief package because it only allows for discretionary spending.

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If Democrats Really Cared

After every mass shooting, the left always invites us to join them in their insanity to participate in yet another circular argument about gun control.

It’s not because they care.

If they really cared, they would think before they speak after tragedies. Shortly after the Las Vegas shooting, now-fired CBS top legal executive, Hayley Geftman-Gold said, “I’m actually not even sympathetic bc [sp] country music fans often are Republican gun toters.”

Atheist Richard Dawkins tweeted his sentiments, obviously mocking southerners: “Durn tootin’, great shootin’. Cool dude sertin’ he’s 2nd Memdment rahts. Hell yeah!”

CNN was true to form. Senior White House correspondent Jeff Zeleny reminded everyone: “Something else, I think to keep in mind, a lot of these country music supporters are likely Trump supporters.”

If they really cared, Democrats would look in the mirror and stop pointing fingers.

It’s OK to be enraged that Stephen Paddock transformed semiautomatics into quasi-machine guns using a bump stock device. It’s not OK to blame it on Republicans. Back in 2010 when Democrats controlled Washington, Obama’s ATF legalized the bump stocks the Las Vegas shooter used.

If Democrats cared, they would quit throwing NRA daggers across the aisle.

 

After the Las Vegas shooting, Hillary Clinton (and way too many others) insinuated that GOP leaders are puppets of the National Rifle Association. Their basis for that nonsense is that the NRA donated around $3.6 million to Congress members (on both sides of the aisle) – over a twenty-year period.

Even if NRA donations were for GOP candidates alone, compare that to what Planned Parenthood affiliates spent for the 2016 election cycle alone. The nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics reports they spent $4,044.378 in contributions, $1,368.408 in lobbying and $15,041,417 in outside spending.

So, who is puppeteering whom?

During a recent Senate Floor speech, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) spoke for the dead in Las Vegas, suggesting if they could speak, they would tell President Trump to “do something” about the NRA, which incidentally is responsible for zero deaths.

While it’s common knowledge that dead people tend to vote for Democrats, I’m not sure if Schumer is the right spokesperson, given his party supports abortion, which is responsible for the almost 60 million pre-born baby deaths in the U.S. since Roe v Wade.

If they really cared about gun violence and deaths, Democrats would find real solutions.

It’s clear that very restrictive gun laws have done little to curtail the gun violence in Chicago, where the Las Vegas death toll is just another month on the calendar.

The Chicago Tribune reports that in 2016, Chicago had 4368 shootings. The city also had 761 murders. As of this writing, 529 people have been murdered this year, including 59 in September, reports DNAInfo.com.

Where were Jimmy Kimmel’s crocodile tears for the 761 people murdered in Chicago last year? Where’s the outcry from Democrats that 4368 people were shot in 2016 and for the 529 murdered this year?

Those lives matter too.

If Democrats cared, they would stop pounding away on the Second Amendment with their proverbial sledgehammers after mass shootings.

Obviously, not everyone who lives here appreciates that America was founded on Judeo-Christian values and the U.S. Constitution. Chipping-away at it inches them closer to the goal of breaching the foundation to make America fall.

Chip away all they will, but the only thing certain to crumble is their ideology, based on a lie that they do what they do because they care.

TOWNHALL.COM

https://townhall.com/columnists/susanstamperbrown/2017/10/09/if-democrats-really-cared-n2392387

People aren't buying Mike Pence's claim that he walked out of an NFL game because players kneeled during the national anthem

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Vice President Mike Pence said he left an NFL game between the Indianapolis Colts and the San Francisco 49ers early on Sunday because some of the players knelt during the national anthem.

"I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem," Pence said in a statement, reviving what has been a subject of angst for President Donald Trump in recent weeks.

Some people, however, were not convinced, and quickly suggested the vice president pulled a stunt at the behest of Trump. The president seemed to confirm as much in a tweet shortly after Pence announced that he walked out:

Speculation that Pence's protest was pre-planned grew after it was revealed that he flew from Las Vegas to Indianapolis for the game, only to fly back west to Los Angeles on Sunday. Members of the press pool traveling with Pence in Indiana were reportedly told to wait in vans because Pence might leave the game early.

The Indianapolis Star also noted the swiftness with which the White House amplified Pence's walkout, complete with an official press release and a photo of Pence standing with his wife, Karen, hands over their hearts, during the national anthem.

The news outlet also noted some inconsistencies surrounding Pence's tweets about Sunday's game. At 8:27 a.m., Pence tweeted a picture of himself dressed in a Colts-branded polo shirt and hat along with Karen, saying "Looking forward to cheering for our @Colts & honoring the great career of #18 Peyton Manning at @LucasOilStadium today. Go Colts!"

The Indianapolis Star pointed out that Pence had tweeted the same photo in November 2014, when he was governor of Indiana.

At 10:42 a.m., Pence tweeted another picture, this time of himself dressed in a suit jacket and button-up shirt standing for the anthem. An Associated Press photo showed Pence in the same outfit, giving a thumbs-up to the crowd.

Outrage only grew in the hours following Pence's walkout, with some observers criticizing the administration for the taxpayer money spent on Pence's travels, ostensibly for the purpose of what some are calling a publicity stunt.

A handful of NFL players have chosen to kneel or sit down during the national anthem in protest of racial injustice and police brutality. Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick initiated the protest during the 2016 season.

 

 

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